“This precious stone set in the silver sea,
This beloved plot, this earth, this realm,
This England …..”
Shakespeare, Richard II
We spent two fantastic weeks here.
This flat is cosy, comfortable and an ideal place to explore some
beautiful gardens and National Trust properties from.
We’ll recommend it to all our friends
Brigitte and Ebershard, Germany
5/8/00 - 19/8/00
We've really enjoyed this holiday. To see a river instead of a road,
a boat instead of a car is one of the best things about it. We
watched a heron on the far bank last night and a fox on this side
tonight. Rye is lovely, plenty of choice for eating out. The old
streets and houses take you back in time. The accommodation is first
class, very clean and comfortable.
Clare & Geoff Shilton
16-30 AUG 1997
The Boathouse - what a find! A very relaxing week.
Ideal spot to undertake some undisturbed painting and writing. Rye
is great, so full of history and all within easy reach on foot.
Geoff & Jen 5
Aug 06 - 12 Aug 06
Another relaxing visit. Wonders of our trip; Snow, Snow & more
snow!! & Barn Owl!!
Egrets, Heron, Hundreds of Lapwings, all from the window.
Maureen & David Whittle W/Sx
4 - 3 - 05
Hit the jackpot for weather, nearly 100% sunshine all week.
Apartment comfy & clean & no problems. Balcony a great asset in this
Do hire the headphones from the Tourist office on the Strand, it
makes a walk around Rye very interesting. Rye Harbour good for
watching boats come in & out when the tide is in (it mostly seems to
be out!!) Copper Kettle not good value unless you like oysters.
Lovely fish from shop by bridge past bowling greens.
Really relaxing & enjoyable holiday.
Adrian & Janet Madin Shrewsbury
12-19 June ‘99
Never been here before but it’s different - in a nice way. Dungeness
is so weird … like a film set with the ramshackle huts, bleak space &
The Smokey (fish).
Simply Italian food & atmosphere great (v. busy on Saturday but can
see why it is!) Ghandi Indian OK. Didn’t meet the legendary Mrs B …
obviously a very nice lady?!
Alexandra & Tim Weybridge Surrey
Glorious weather, comfortable accommodation - overall an excellent
week. Don’t leave Rye without visiting the Rye Treasury of
Mechanical Music, church tower is worth a visit for the view. The
Story of Rye in the Heritage Centre also very good. The Union Inn
East St has a varied menu at reasonable prices and good sized
portions. If you enjoy watching birds Pett Level has been very good
Joyce & Brian Stannard Ipswich, Suffolk
4/9/99 - 11/9/99
A short but very sweet visit. Very comfortable as always. The
Boathouse is a perfect place to escape to time and time again.
Miss T Green
Enjoyed our stay very much - apartment suited us perfectly. We
recommend the Fish Café Tower Street & The Place at Camber and the
Kettle o Fish for good traditional fish and chips. The Farmers
Market 10am on Weds had excellent olives, breads & croissants etc.
Jim & Yvonne McGinley
19/8 - 26/8
A peaceful relaxing week, We went to see the Lamb House, Great
Dixter, Camber Sands and Hastings etc..
Enjoyed the food; excellent fish from the fishmonger east of here
along the footpath, superb pies and pasties from Rye Delicatessen,
apples from the farmers market. The Gandhi is very good value but
beware of the hotter dishes which are very hot indeed!
Roy & Shinko
2/9 - 9/9
A very relaxing week. We found the local transport facilities very
good and the narrow gauge railway between Hythe and Dungeness an
absolute must. The whole area is a delight.
John and Cecilia from YORK
As frequent visitors to Rye having this comfortable and quiet base
for a few days is a treat. Recommend Italian on the quay,
Cranberries (High St) for teas piece of cake, The Place in Camber is
worth a trip. Landgate Bistro recommended only open Tues Sat. We’ll
be back, Rye is a little gem!
Marina & Eamann Ireland
7/10 - 10/10
- Canterbury via Park & Ride (£2 per car/bus free)
- Jempsons Store at Peasmarsh
- Morgan Car museum at Rolvenden
- Denge Sound Mirrors at back of Lydd on Sea
- Queens Head P.H. for meal (near Landgate)
- Rye General Market on Thursday
- Rye Harbour Walk
Most enjoyable and relaxing watching the seagulls & ducks
Tony & Pamela Burridge Halesowen 13-
Great and charming with everything we needed including gull cries -
sea swells and blessed late summer sunshine.
Barbara & Luke, Greenwich
Don’t see rabbits hopping by where I live
Thanks Mrs B for fab welcome - love the balcony & view.
Visit often never stayed - but will again soon
PS saw 2 x oyster catchers & a grey plover too.
Pamela Walthamstow E17 24-
Very comfortable impressive apartment. Bed was exceptional. Restful
break, weather stayed dry & warm. Would definitely return to same
Thank you very much!! Mrs B has apartment very clean & tidy. X
Lynne & Steve 18-
21 April ‘06
Flat very warm, cosy and comfy.
Rye delightful & good bird-watching from Rye Harbour & Winchelsea
Beach. A relaxing holiday with fine blend of heritage and nature. We
enjoyed the peace and tranquillity so much that this is the only
time we have ever wanted to return to a holiday destination!!
David & Ann Scrivens (Hertfordshire) 5-11-
Thanks to Mrs B... for the tea tray. A restful stay with some
glorious weather. Birdwatching at Dungeness & Rye Harbour + a tawny
owl and little egret from the window! Ate out at Landgate Bistro,
Monastery & Munrows - all excellent (but not cheap - £16-£19 menus)
Andy & Lindy H Enfield Middx 26-2-
Another good rest from the rat race.
We have seen 23 species of birds from this window and enjoyed Rye
Harbour & Dungeness. Lovely tea & cakes in Cobblers.
Hope to come again!! Rye Treasury good value when too wet for
walking we really enjoyed it!!
David & Maureen Whittle Sussex 14-
We enjoyed a good rummage in Hastings’ antique bookshops - and bought
a super chest of drawers! We visited Bodiam, enjoyed a trip across
the channel and Winchelsea but most of all we loved Rye. An
exceptional holiday flat. Thank you
David & Anne Slaughter Winchester 30th
Sept - 7th OCT
If you’re into architecture
Rye of course & also (a fair distance!) Faversham - with its
splendid church - explore well.
Birdlife Rye Harbour Hides
Food Not sure about those in Rye due to budget - but if you enjoy
really fresh fish & chips - try the Mermaid at Old Town front
Beer Adnams Broadside at the Ypres here in Rye
Finally - you don’t need to be religious to enjoy evensong (5.30
weekdays) at Canterbury Cathedral - just listen to those voices and
enjoy total serenity!
Del & June Ivory N.Devon
SUPER VISIT. ONLY *GREENSHANKS & CORMORANTS (+ DUCKS!) VISIBLE FROM
GOOD FOOD AT LANDGATE BISTRO (X2) & THE PLACE AT CAMBER (x1)
*Senior moment. Really redshanks! L
PETER & GAY COOPER, DULWICH, LONDON 15-3-05/18-3-
Nice to be back. Nice venue.
All that we remember and more. The orange sun between the boat hulls
on the horizon with a gentle morning mist was inspirational!!!
Linda & Len Spiller, Bromley, Kent
18/3 - 21/3
Super flat, very well presented and felt at home straight away.
Highly recommend the ’Simply Italian’ restaurant and the Ship Hotel
pub, very warm welcome from Pat B. on arrival,
The Rye town model well worth a look and helped us to get our
bearings in the town. All the shop people very friendly.
We certainly hope to come back! Loved it!
Rich & Val from Worthing
We had a very good stay, we liked the Boathouse very much. Nice
weather all week. Walk to Winchelsea is beautiful, visit to Great
Dixter garden (in Northiam) very nice too.
Rye is a great place to stay.
Maryke Hessing & Lenie den Heyer, Holland
15/04/04 - 22/04
We have enjoyed our week here.
East Sussex + Kent very pretty. Visits to Seven Sisters, Beachy
Head, White Cliffs of Dover, Hastings Country Park esp. lovely but
many other places of interest. The flat comfy. From the flat 25
species of bird seen + one heard (cuckoo). Of special interest barn
owl + little + common terns,
Thankyou Rye, very quaint.
Celia & David Bailey, Macclesfield Cheshire. 14-
Loved the apartment - very cosy. Lots of good walks - flat & easy.
Visits to Hastings, Beachy Head and Eastbourne, Canterbury very
interesting - only 1 hour’s drive, - not enough time to see
everywhere. Let’s hope we can return. Loved the river and the birds!
Thank you Mrs B for the immaculate condition of our home for one
JOAN + JOHN STUBBS, BARNSLEY S.YORKS.
21st -28th May ‘05
Lovely apartment + to be able to wash clothes + cook own food when
travelling was great. Rye is great + thoroughly enjoyed Canterbury
Cathedral. Will recommend to others from Oz.
Kathy & Tim Steadman, Melbourne Australia
We were both in need of a break and we could not have picked a nicer
town in Rye. After the pace of London we found a little piece of
England that is still England.
Mrs B could not have been more helpful in replacing the C/D player
for us, it’s the kindness that makes all the difference. The
apartment was clean & very peaceful just suited us fine.
Rye has so much to discover. We suggest you just explore & enjoy.
Rosalinda & Colin, Barnet Herts
10th to 24 Sept
Enjoyed our stay in peaceful surroundings,
Lovely watching the tide boats and various birds.
Very clean, cosy flat and welcome from Mrs B.
Visited Rye many years ago and still enjoyed its history and
First few days the weather was beautiful, next few days very good
A really enjoyable week.
Yvonne & Alan Harwood, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
EXCELLENT APARTMENT HAD A VERY ENJOYABLE STAY. PLENTY
WALKING/CYCLING ROUTES. TASTY SEA BASS AND SCALLOPS! WILL BE BACK!
DAVID & ANGELA BOOTHROYD, HOLMFIRTH, N. YORKSHIRE 13th
LOVELY, RELAXING W/END. SUNSHINE A REAL BONUS, OUR 4TH VISIT - WE’RE
HOOKED. GOOD EVENING + GOOD FOOD AT YPRES. OUR USUAL FISH + CHIPS
(YUMMY) AT INKERMAN ARMS PUB AT RYE HARBOUR AFTER BIRDWATCHING +
WALKING. PAT B. A TREASURE
DEREK + LYNNE, MARTIN - ASHFORD MIDDX
Lovely welcome, lovely walks, lovely apartment, lovely town, lovely
food, lovely relaxing. What else to say but LOVELY!!! Thanx Chris
Andy + Jules, Uxbridge
Having driven down the M20 en route to Francec many times we decided
for once to turn right towards this area - we were not disappointed.
An excellent week, glorious weather, comfortable & clean apartment.
Lots to do & see. PS. We did go to France for the day via the
tunnel - so easy.
Bill & Di Barltrop, Stamford Lincs,
Apartment - clean , cosy, comfy & calming! Interesting area.
Recommend train Tenterden to Bodiam. We enjoyed, also, Great Dixter
and Merriment Gardens. The rabbits burrowing in the bank opposite
were compensation for not seeing a single boat go by!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
MARGARET & DAVID LUNNON, COULSDON, SURREY
Apartment warm cosy has everything we needed for our stay. We have
seen five boats go by. Plenty of wildlife and the view is fine.
Rye itself is a friendly place. The Ship has great grub.
Dover Castle is a must. So is Tunbridge Wells. Go to Deal rather
than Hastings. We’ve had good weather for most of week, Friday was
wet! We had a really relaxing time.
The bed is great (Noisy boiler)
Thanks will Recommend to others. Pam Green
*NB Look out for Cormorant fishing then drying himself on top of
Pam and Dave, Tamworth, Staffs
Extreme enjoyment - Peace amidst the constant changes of Tide,
Wildlife (and weather). Very soothing experience - Recommended
John & Wendy, Melbourne (Australia)
I arrived stressed, frazzled and exhausted and shall be leaving
relaxed, restored and reinvigorated (and that despite going to work
in London 3 days this week). Rye and the Boathouse have woven their
usual spell: both the town & Winchelsea have positively glowed in
the sun. Mahdi Spice, Simply Italian both good. Flushing Inn up to
its usual standard. Thanks to Mrs B.
CLARE CANTON, (GREENWICH)
Our first visit and completely the short but valuable and most
welcome escape for a few days - a perfect bolthole. We can confirm
the Simply Italian and Mahdi Spice recommendations which did not
disappoint, but “Rye Delicatessen” is a place so wonderfully
tempting, it’s almost dangerous to go inside ….
Tony and Anne Careless, Isle of Wight
25th Oct ‘05
Back again, this time for winter break. Just walking and eating and
watching the tide. Bliss. Can recommend Rye Bonfire & fireworks
best we have been to.
Rob & Helen, Petersfield
11th Nov 18th Nov 05
Just the right setting with a light dusting of snow. Dungeness out
of this world.
Hastings Country Park enchanting.
Susanna and Wilma, Bath, Somerset
19 Feb - 26 Feb
Had a very relaxing and enjoyable Valentine’s weekend.
The apartment is very clean & comfortable. Will recommend this to
A day in Hastings meant I could share my childhood memories with my
Had a great time and don’t want to go back home to London.
Chelsea & John London 13-2-
99 - 16-2-99
Comfortable clean apartment, comfy bed and perfect setting.
Had a super week, weather lovely. Nice to wake to the sound of birds
instead of alarm clocks. Rye is a gem to explore. Rye Nature
Reserve, Camber Sands & Christopher Lloyds House & Garden at Gt.
Dixter (9 miles) a must. Reasonably priced good meals at the Union
Inn, also Roast Salt Marsh Lamb at the George Inn very tasty. Barn
owl quartering the Marsh opposite most late evenings. Many thanks
enjoyed the stay.
Ann & Bob May, Felixstowe Suffolk
July 9th - July 16th
Another relaxing holiday ambling around Rye and loving it. This is
such a good habit. Thanks
Judith & Clive Morgan, Buckfast, Devon (Third visit)
26th March - 2nd April
Enjoyed our second visit to the Boathouse. Superb weather every day.
As photographers we spent a lot of time at Dungeness. See Chris
Stone’s Gallery there for local pictures. Not much bird life yet but
some gravel pits getting some visitors. Good food from Simply
Italian. River Café - good food but service a bit slow mid week.
ALAN & SHEILA BORTHWICK, PERTH, SCOTLAND 17 - 24 SEPT
Back here at the (BOATHOUSE) for the 2nd year running, on our 6th or
7th visit to Rye.
Enjoyed Rye all over again, as we usually do & the apartment is
ideal accommodation & so clean.
We have visited Battle, Winchelsea & Rye Harbour, plus some local
All very enjoyable.
Mr & Mrs Mitchard, Strood, Rochester, Kent
May 30th to June 6th
Rye is the kind of place we did hope to find. We took the train to
Hastings and walked the 12 miles back to Rye (See “Timeout - Country
Walks” Vol.2.). GREAT!
Apartment 10 out of 10. English beer is too warm. Do you put it in
microwave before drinking? Too many kids in Chelsea shirts these
days. Anyway - Great holidays …
Guido Kirfel Claudia Daugl Cologne Trier Germany
August 19th - 26th
Enjoyed our first visit to Rye. The Town and pubs were great. Lovely
and relaxing holiday the weather was good plenty of sunshine.
Apartment is cosy and very comfortable and the surrounds very
peaceful. Nice to sit and watch the boats on the river. Hope to be
VAL & ALAN HUGHES HUTTON ESSEX
Yet another visit to the Boathouse. A nice warm welcome from the
housekeeper when we arrived! Rye really is our second home, lots of
lovely pubs/tea rooms around Rye. Can recommend the 'Woolpack Inn'
for a great 'Pub Meal' a couple of miles east of Rye. Will return!
Clare & Ian, Eastbourne
Well, we survived the Sunday night hurricane & have watched the
field on the opposite bank become flooded!! However, we have been
very cosy in this comfortable apartment & it wasn’t all rain.
Recommend a bracing walk around Rye Harbour Nature Reserve or
Dungeness. We were also fortunate to watch the Kingfisher ‘lunch’ on
the opposite bank near the weir most days. Winchelsea & Tea Tree Tea
This was the week that the rivers overflowed over most of England -
worst floods for 50 years, perhaps 100 years in some places.
Joan & Eric Sortwell
28 Oct - 4 NOV
Our first visit.
A very comfortable apartment, everything we needed without being
cluttered. Seven days of sunshine, what more could we ask. We loved
the town of Rye, it was like going back in time.
Joyce & David Fulker Bracknell Berks
This was a last minute holiday to Rye. Being close to our home we
have visited Rye many times for a day but a week here has allowed us
to explore all the nooks & crannies.
Fantastic weather allowed us to sit on the balcony over breakfast,
read a book & relax. Enjoyed Batemans at Burwash, the promenade at
Bexhill and the Rye harbour nature reserve (Park in the large car
park on the right at Rye Harbour then walk down to Lime Kiln cottage
RSPB for info.
Keith & Angela Barraclough
11-18 AUG 2001
- Copper Kettle Restaurant. Halibut lovely. Sea Bass not so
- Walkers Cocktail bar on the Strand. Happy hour on cocktails
great value for money. Try the Rocket Launcher - lethal!
- Good old fashioned sea side town. Great for kids - big &
- Smugglers Cavern not worth the entrance fee
- Hastings Castle - Good for a wander & views
- Cliff railways - keep ticket for return journey. We lost
- Don’t take the Guide Friday tour - not worth the money - not
much to see in Dover
- Dover Castle - hours of fun!
- Take boat trip at Weavers Inn Restaurant. FANTASTIC!
- Canterbury Tales - very good & very smelly!!!
- Wonderfully romantic if it weren’t for the many screaming
over excited children
- Great picnic area
- Don’t forget your camera
- Do not park in the pay & display car park. FREE parking
spaces further along the road.
- Forget Auchan, go straight for Carrefour @ Cité Europe
David & Madison, WGC, Herts
25/8/01 - 3/9/01
Flat really warm & comfortable.
Italian restaurant on corner Brilliant!!
Very eventful day trip to Paris
Weather good too!
K Reedman & T Harris Basingstoke
Weather very hot - we have been so lucky!!! Flat perfect - location
superb, lovely to walk into Rye for a morning coffee & peruse of
newspapers … Really relaxing! Real “fish & chips” from the shop on
the Strand Quay very good indeed. This has been our first visit, but
certainly not our last, looking forward to coming again soon. P.S.
The walks from the Rye Harbour nature reserve are excellent, well
worth the blisters …. After a 5 mile walk!!
Lyn & Dan Lichfield, Staffs
WHAT A WONDERFUL PLACE, WARM WELCOME FROM PAT & LISA
CLEAN APARTMENT WITH ALL YOU NEED, LOVED WATCHING THE RIVER AND
WILDLIFE, MADE A CHANGE FROM HUMAN WILDLIFE BACK HOME? THIS IS THE
CHILL OUT ZONE, QUIET & PEACEFUL. IF WE HAD KNOWN HOW NICE IT IS
HERE WE WOULD HAVE BOOKED A LONGER STAY. RYE IS TRANQUIL WITH ITS
HISTORIC SURROUNDINGS & LITTLE BACK STREETS. HAD A NICE HOME COOKED
MEAL AT THE “SEAGULL” HASTINGS.
DON’T WANT TO GO HOME & WILL CERTAINLY BOOK UP AGAIN, AND MAYBE TRY
& GET HERE IN THE COLDER MONTHS, WHEN IT WILL TAKE ON A DIFFERENT
KIND OF CHARM. JUST LOOKING OUT OF THE WINDOW DOES IT FOR ME & MY
BOB & JAN SOUTH OCKENDON ESSEX JULY
Rye was quiet as expected for time of year. Monastery restaurant,
(very top of town) set menu good value.
10 mike walk out to Rye Harbour, along the beach (road) past the old
lifeboat stn, back past Camber Castle.
Also Hastings Country Park Sw 86/11 on Big Wall Map. Walks for all!!
Ross & Michelle Waitt Sittingbourne Kent
Yet again we have had the perfect break - if only too short. Woke up
this morning to a perfect blue sky and the sound of the river.
Peace! So little traffic. The evening was full of stars and very
little light pollution - such a change from the city.
Meal at the ‘Flushing Inn’ in town was wonderful. Excellent service,
beautiful food and very relaxed. Watch out for more pretentious
As always, the Boathouse was spotless - thanks to Mrs B.. Complete
A really good holiday - lots to see.
Charleston (Firle nr Lewes) “Bloomsbury Group” - well worth a visit.
Ship Inn has food on Sunday evenings.
Roger & Pat Savage Riverhead Kent
Our 3rd visit. Beautifully clean & comfortable accommodation and
everything that you need.
Sociable evening at Ypres Inn with good food. Our usual Sunday lunch
fish and chips at Inkerman Arms at Rye Harbour - not to be missed.
We’ll be back to beautiful Rye.
Lynne & Derek Martin Ashford. Middx. 15-
Our 2nd visit to the Boathouse. Another relaxing break in this warm
& comfortable holiday home.
Spent a day in France & the rest of the week around Rye. Weather
perfect!! We will be back again with our bikes in tow!!!
Thanks Mrs B. for your hospitality!!!
Jacqui & Royce Drew West Hallam, Derbyshire
The apartment exceeded our expectations, as did Rye.
Unfortunately the weather was poor which kept us from the beach
rather more than we would have liked.
However, the upside was that we explored other places such as
Battle - lovely, Hastings - disappointing and Tunbridge Wells - very
pleasant place to shop. Overall a most enjoyable holiday and thanks
to Mrs B. for a warm welcome.
By the way ….. Great Bed !!
Sarah and Mark Leicester
Our second visit to the Boathouse, what joy, so peaceful. Great
excitement on Monday when the river flooded & the ‘Excelsior’ a
sailing trawler took to sea.
Lovely nature walk to Camber Castle. Plenty of quality places to eat
but the ‘Flushing Inn’ was very special.
Liz & Richard Cambridge
This is our eighth visit to the Boathouse - unbeatable for peace and
tranquillity, great walks (see wall map), good restaurants and bars,
fresh sea and country air.
Charming old town with much of interest.
Do visit exquisite, little Catholic Church in Watchbell Street.
John and Carole Owen Sittingbourne Kent
28/8/04 - 4/9/04
A truly relaxing & peaceful bolthole away from the madding crowd.
Apartment clean warm & welcoming. Rye is a wonderful tranquil place
to come, ideal to chill out & prepare for Christmas rush! Very
Kate & Jeremy Nears Suffolk
Had a lovely two weeks, the weather has been perfect, and the
apartment great. Peaceful yet close to all the pubs and restaurants
in Rye. Hope to be back next year.
KEVIN & MARIA FROM HOLLAND 16th
JULY TO 30TH JULY 94
We’ve had a wonderful time here. Very peaceful. Flat is very cosy
and well equipped. The Mermaid Inn is excellent for a very friendly
barman (Terry) and great locals full of good yarns. Town markets on
a Thursday are a must for really cheap bargains or just about
anything. Ask anyone at the Mermaid about the ghosts in Room 16!!
We’ll be back for sure!
Caryn & John Cooper Sydney Australia
22-2-97 to 8.3.97
Day 1. V. Clean, firstly - Bed is beautiful - will kill us to go
back to 2ft wide bed in UNL halls of residence. Bath lovely -
although wonderfully spacious, lacks legroom for two.
Ref. Jill and John from London, and others - what on earth is wrong
with the Ship? Do not suffer due to lack of torch, cheese grater or
Again, bed is lovely, although bedroom generally suffers from
inclusion of dubious picture above bedhead, visible in wardrobe
mirror. Jen x
DAY 3. THE BED’S LOVELY, HENCE NO DAY 2!
SHOWER IS VAST IMPROVEMENT ON BATH.
UNION INN INBREDS HOME FROM HOME MUCH LIKE A NIGHT DOWN THE LEGION.
FLETCHERS HOUSE CAFÉ HAUNTED BY SIXTEENTH CENTURY GHOST AND OSCAR
EXTRAORDINARY IRONMONGERS. STILL NO NEED OF TORCH OR CHEESE GRATER,
ALTHOUGH KEN HOM & HIS MAGICAL WOK WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
STANDARD INN A MUST FOR ALL TOM PETTY FANS - ROB
Day Six. Whole flat is lovely. Two days in Brighton made an
interesting break. Do not want to leave but will not return for
about 4 years until both are on a full wage. Has been a quiet if not
Jen and Rob Chesham, Bucks. 28th
Icklesham. A superb vegan meal was prepared for me @ an hours
notice. Lovely pub, real ale. Large portion meals. V.impressed.
Would also recommend visiting Derek Jarman’s Cottage @ Dungeness if
you’re a fan. V. moving. Take away Indian @ Tiger Coast on
Landgate/High Street ready to collect within 20 mins of ordering and
was delicious. Winchelsea Beach v. peaceful but all pebbles so makes
for uncomfortable sunbathing - take lots of padding!! Simply Italian
v. good. Excellent food and service. Staff v. helpful & friendly.
Finally thanks to Pat for such a warm welcome + cuppa ready to be
made. Also good to meet Chris . Will be recommending Rye + the
Boathouse to relatives, family + hope to return myself @ same stage.
One criticism - lock on door can be temperamental - & thought I was
locked out a couple of times! No problems at all other than this.
Becky Wright Catton Norwich, Norfolk
First class apartment. Situation perfect. Weather has been very kind
to us. Thanks to Pat for friendly welcome, tea was needed after long
drive. Now, out of season, the town is quiet … custom is slow so you
are very welcome almost wherever you go.
The Cockhorse Peasmarsh good value - mixed grill and Japanese prawns
Crown and Pipemakers “Duty Free” - lively
Mermaid quiet and refined. Cinque Ports better inside than it looks
out. Forge bitter in the Standard - worth a try.
Think we’ll be back … its like a magnet.
Ian & Celia Marus Bridge, Wigan.
1st - 8th Sept. 01
We had a very enjoyable time just reading the comments in this
Rye is a great place - we will probably come back.
Paul & Janet Chandler Watford Herts July
Where have all the birds gone?
Gone away every one!
Not completely true, some seagulls one or two
Listening to the advice of Mr Melville-Brown
Did not feed the birds so as not to make him frown!
To stay here has been wonderful so warm & clean
Thanks to Mrs B. the cleaning QUEEN!!
So thanks for all your thoughtfulness
This accommodation is the BEST
Do, do go & have a coffee & genuine home made cakes & scones at
Cheyne House, High St. Rye.
Run by mother, daughter & son-in-law.
Ted & Ginny Henfield, Sx 2nd -
A very peaceful & relaxing stay. V. much needed! Excellent
accommodation. Rye lovely. Would highly recommend The Queen’s Head @
Wonderful view, glorious weather - sat outside for breakfast with
the sun on our faces most days. We cycled to Winchelsea one day &
from Appledore on a circuit route via Ivychurch. Stopped at the
Woolpack a really old, friendly & atmospheric pub.
Views, peace & rest - a truly brilliant few days holiday for us
both - now back to reality!!!!
Shelagh & Steve Howe, East Sussex
13th - 17th February 1998
Be very aware that when sitting on balcony drinking vino, if
apartment door closes, you are locked out. (very very sorry Mrs B...
& peeps at end of block.) We have had a lovely stay here. Rye has
lived up to its description of our good friends Johnny & Bob the
Builder (Mr.Mrs Guard thanks for the recommendation). Apartment
lovely and clean, perfectly situated. Try to visit Camber Sands
beach, its one of the best beaches we have been on. Fish shop in
town main St, is v. good, nice mushy peas. Ypres Inn customers very
yang. Hope & Anchor nice pub.
Jack & Kev Bellchambers, Pooks Green,
Southampton 25th Aug - 29th Aug 2001
Peaceful birthday break in the middle of an infant school Christmas!
We go home with batteries recharged & fit for Christmas! Previous
comments on Cranberries revised, since falling into new hands! The
town is very festive & musical - Salvation Army Band, an accordion
player & an itinerant lute player, complete with costume!!! The
lights look lovely. J
Martin & Jo Itter Horndon on the Hill, Essex
14/16 Dec 2001
Very short stay lovely warm comfortable clean, not a care! Very
enjoyable break - lots of birds seen ! cuckoos (3) stone chat
swallows heron (2) sea gull chicks (very young!)
Indian restaurant Mandhi Spice) was very good! Would come again as
so much to occupy us! Or just be lazy.
Chris & Bill Cranleigh, Surrey
8th-11th June 2002
Enjoyed a relaxing week watching the boats go by! Leeds Castle worth
the trip & ideally situated for a day trip to France. Excellent
weather & Italian restaurant was good. Clean & pleasant apartment
which is ideally situated for Rye and the surrounding area. Hope to
Derek & Joyce Flounders Hartlepool
17-24th August 2002
Very impressed with the apartment, very clean and comfortable. Have
very much enjoyed our wonderfully relaxing long weekend. There is
plenty to do in and around Rye, especially if you are an EF Benson
fan. Ham baguettes at the Ypres inn are memorable!
Nice touches in the apartment are: tea bags and fresh milk from Mrs
B., very thoughtful after a long journey and an extension lead for
the hairdryer - I’ve been so many places where the hairdryer doesn’t
reach to the mirror. Also, the bed - what luxury to have a 5ft. bed
Diane and Darren Cheltenham, Glos
11-14 Oct 2002
It may have only been a weekend but we feel we’ve had a week of
benefit - many thanks.
Alan & Stephanie Lindfield, West Sussex
29 Nov to 1 Dec
A Bank Holiday week and the weather was glorious
…….. definitely an oxymoron
Tips for those that follow :-
1. Spend time exploring the streets of Rye before 10:00am and
after 6:00pm (the day trippers are not around and you have the place
to enjoy virtually to yourself)
2. If you need to collect email you can have one hours internet
access for free in the local library on Lion Street. Phone to book a
3. Best paintings of the area are by local artist Peter Jay
(available at 102 High St) I’m taking a small one home with me and
am in good company (Sir Paul McCartney bought one last week)
4. David Sharp Pottery very obliging. Will customise their
wares and post them to you
Ann Lane Fareham, Hants
24th May to 31st May 2003
Nice relaxing time. Weather was kind to us. Would we come back again?
Val & Pete Frost Ipswich
A lovely welcome from Mrs B.
Our first time at Rye. The town is wonderful and the apartment
perfect for the two of us.
Simply Italian - Rye - Inkerman Arms Rye Harbour
The Place - Camber
Wonderful walks for bird watching
Nature Reserve - Rye Harbour
Ponds near Camber Castle
RSPB at Dungeness
Also go up tower of church in Rye
Ann & John Gibbs Old Woking, Surrey
19 - 26 June
Our first visit to Sussex. Very good location & accommodation.
Weather dry but v. windy, 2 dull days. Spent a lot of time at
Dungeness - we are keen photographers and it is a really good area.
Of interest was grounded ship at Camber Sands!
Italian restaurant very good, as was Fish & Chip shop along the
Mint. Winchelsea Beach & Rye Harbour both worth a visit.
Alan & Sheila Borthwick Perth., Scotland
18th - 25th Sept
Very pleasant stay. Can’t add any more to essays in book - we’ll be
David and Sally Bath, Somerset 17th
Great visit - fantastic weather
Can heartily recommend ‘Jacques’ for any one who makes it to
Use the binoculars for great views of France from top of old
Lighthouse in Dungeness.
John & Michael London E1
Gorgeously clean and cosy flat - will definitely return
Arrived on a Tuesday: warning to all visitors, Rye is closed on a
Tuesday so play Patience, walk the beach or read a book, but do not
expect so much as a mouse’s fart in Rye! Here are a couple of notes
having read previous entries :
Cranberries - gorgeous tea room, do go!
Ypres Castle Inn - reasonable food though no range and not hearty
Mermaid Inn (Rye) - ended every evening with a drink in front of
their wonderful log fire
Good beaches - Camber Sands & Winchelsea
Battle - pleasant town to visit
Kathy Cox & Will Taylor Midlands
30th Nov - 3rd Dec 2004
Flat as warm, cosy & clean as ever.
The river still works its magic on stressed minds, more hypnotic
than ever. Nowhere like Rye at Christmas! Hope to be back in the
PS. Like the new painting in the bedroom very much
Martin & Jo Itter Horndon on the Hill, Essex
Loved the apartment. Very lucky with the weather. Port Lympne Animal
Park well worth a visit. Also the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
but thought food in pubs and restaurants rather overpriced. Good
fish and chips at Inkerman arms, Rye Harbour.
Val & Jack Robins Stubbington Hants
Apartment very comfortable clean & cosy,
Most relaxing! Rye absolutely wonderful (Agree with the comment
about food above!) Weather superb, will certainly come again.
Sandra & Des Bankes Hemel Hempstead, Herts
Loved the apartment, very comfortable, weather very good. Rye is
home to us Rob was born in Udimore we both went to school here we
will be back.
Rob & Doreen Wilson Uckfield East Sussex
Much enjoyed returning to Rye after very many years and to be warmly
greeted by Pat B. Accommodation very comfortable clean and well
equipped in a quiet and attractive setting. Rye has changed but Rye
is still Rye, Excellent meal at the Queens Head, Landgate
Phil & Barbera Simpson Maldon Essex
Apartment very comfortable & clean - thank you Mrs B.!
Audio walk around Rye very informative. Food at Italian OK - best to
book a table at the weekend - not a quiet restful place but
entertaining in its own way. Walkers do a good ‘Tapas’ - more like
Ypres Pub good for food too. Local fish excellent.
If you go to Canterbury try a River Boat ride - very peaceful.
Anne & David Couchman
30.3 - 6.4
A CLEAN & PLEASANT APARTMENT
FLAT PERFECT FOR OUR NEEDS OF GETTING TO KNOW THE AREA WHICH IS
CERTAINLY FULL OF INTEREST PLUS WE STRUCK VERY LUCKY WITH THE
WEATHER - THE SUN SHONE EVERY DAY.
SO MUCH TO SEE & DO ‘RYE’ IS A GEM. TRY THOSE ANCIENT BACK STREETS
NEAR THE CHURCH. DO HAVE A TRIP ON THE MINIATURE KENT & EAST SUSSEX
STEAM RAILWAY AND SEE THE VARIOUS CASTLES, MANOR HOUSES &
MR & MRS N DEE WEEK
ENDING 10 MAY
Clean comfortable flat, Rye lovely old quaint place. Never seen
beaches with cabbages growing on them before, amongst the stones &
other plants, at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve & Pett near Winchelsea.
Lovely views from Stony Beach to the cliff also a sm. Castle nestled
amongst the trees.
Our first visit to Rye, pleasantly surprised!
June & John Hannington 28th
June - 5 July
Ideal quiet situation with an easy walk into town. Food at Ypres Inn
poor and overpriced. Indian Food at Ghandi superb as also is the
Fish & Chips from the place in the Mint. Battle of Britain Museum at
Hawkinge excellent and the Memorial is close by too (only 3 miles
Re-visited childhood due to exhibition at Rye Art Gallery (Capt.
Pugwash). Free internet access at Rye library is very handy as can
leave laptop at home.
Ann & John Lane Fareham, Hants + Cannock, Staffs
20-9-03 - 27-9-03
Flat very warm & comfortable as we managed to choose the one week of
winter for our holiday. If your clients think the food in Rye
expensive coming from Scilly we do not agree. All the meals we had
People of Rye very friendly. Thanks Mrs B.
GILLIAN & GERARD LANGDON ATLANTA BRYHER, ISLES OF SCILLY
Clean + warm flat, very welcoming on return after the gales at the
beginning of our stay. Had some sun too and enjoyed walks to
Winchelsea and around the RSPB reserve at Dungeness. Food in Rye
O.K. ‘Lemon Grass’ Thai restaurant very good.
Gill + Mike, Nottingham
A very comfortable stay with friendly locals and neighbours. First
visit to Rye and found it wonderful. The weather has been
clear/blue/hot. The walk to Dixter via County Boundary trail was
beautiful with lots of real woodland. Coast and castles very
striking. We hope to be back. Thanks
Richard & Ilona Warham Settle Nth Yks
Peace and quiet, with a luxury apartment. Thanks for a very
We can recommend a visit to the house and Gardens at Great Dixter.
The mechanical Music Museum in Cinque Ports Street is fascinating.
The Forge Restaurant just around the corner does very good steaks
and local fish dishes. I had cucumber soup from cucumbers grown in
the chefs own garden!
Phil & Edwina Farlow New Malden, Surrey
17-24 July 99
First visit to Rye enjoyed our stay, comfortable flat, weather good,
found food at Art & Coffee shop good also newly opened Fish Café and
Bistro. Hope to return some time in the future.
Thanks to Mrs B. for her help.
J & M CARLESS STAFFS
Our 3rd good time here, weather good for the birding. Love the area
for a short holiday .Egret and kingfisher and redshank very good
from the balcony. Thanks to Mrs B. again!
Maureen & David Whittle Hurstpierpoint Sx
4-10 Oct 03
A beautiful, relaxing week. Loads to see and do locally. Lovely
walks across the marshes and plenty of birds to see. Hobbies common
at the moment - one perched on the telegraph pole opposite - and a
good variety of waders. Recommended outings : Battle & Pevensey,
Lewes (don’t miss Middle Farm for cider etc.). Dungeness, Camber
Sands for the sea-bathing. PJM.
John & Sheila McLaughlin Writtle, Essex
We were looking for peace and quiet after a hectic year - and we
found it here. It is particularly pleasant in the morning when the
sun is shining and the tide is high. Take advantage of the
recommended walks (see box on wall)....Don’t burn the toast because
it will set off the smoke alarm! If a light bulb blows none of the
other lights will work. However, this can be remedied by the switch
in the box on the back wall of the bedroom.
John & Carole Owen, Sittingbourne, Kent
11/5/96 - 18/5/96
A relaxing week, with it absence of kids, dogs & traffic - just the
view, the birds, the boats and the bunnies - a holiday in itself!
Our week coincided with the medieval weekend and the solar eclipse -
the latter was witnessed at Camber Sands - very impressive.
- We visited some places on hired bikes (available from “Rye Hire”
Go on the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway - good fun for young
children and old children.
Beachy Head, Dungeness, Winchelsea & Eastbourne well worth visiting
but very few places equal Rye!
Graham & Rosemary Hall Pontefract. West Yorks Aug
7th - 14th Aug 99
Another relaxing stay in Rye, at No. 11 this time. Birdwatching at
Dungeness & Rye Harbour Reserves. Good food at Munrows & the
Monastery (both set menus at reasonable prices - not cheap, but good
value) also an interesting menu at Landgate Bistro. Enjoyed visiting
the galleries in Rye.
Good comfortable accommodation as usual, Thank you
* Also - really enjoyed a few hours at the Mechanical Music Museum
in Rye - Really good for rainy weather.
Andy & Lindy H Enfield, Middx 20-2-
Lovely stay - outlook from flat tranquil and v. relaxing. Perfect
bolthole for exploring The area. A visit to Dungeness Bird Reserve
a must. Tunbridge Wells a good day out. Too many places to visit in
NT properties in easy driving distances. Recommend the Monastery
restaurant in High Street, Rye. Good food and service friendly.
Howard & Jackie Mansell Woking, Surrey 12-
19 Aug 2000
Our second visit and as good as we remember. After a hectic few
months the perfect respite and haven’t missed the phone at all (well
not much) Mrs B... provided excellent welcome & service. Good cream
tea at quaint Cobbles off the Mint. Dinner at the Old Forge
excellent, if a bit pricey if on a budget. Excellent fish and chips
at Inkerman Arms at Rye Harbour. We look forward to our next visit
Lynne + Derek Martin Ashford Middlesex
16/3/01 - 19/3/01
Delighted with the apartment. Very peaceful and comfortable. Enjoyed
wandering around Rye & looking at antique shops. Had a great meal
in ‘Simply Italian’ - very buzzing. Dover Castle very interesting day
trip. Didn’t see the kingfisher but saw the ‘little Egret’ twice
Chris & June Locke Ipswich, Suffolk
Novel location, Cosy berth. Ancient town.
James & Pamela Forbes Clod Hill Wigginton Herts.
12.4.97 - 19.4.97
A lovely warm, relaxing week - just what I needed! A great town to
wander through and then over to the marshes - a needed trip down
Tala Hobson Nottinghamshire
7/11 - 14/11/03
Our first visit to Rye. We found the flat very cosy + comfortable +
perfect on a sunny winter morning to watch the sunrise. Rye is an
ideal town for browsing = interesting bookshops + a good
delicatessen + fantastic cook shop at end of High Street. We ate in
the Flushing Inn which was very good + friendly service - ideal for
a special meal + the Simply Spice - delicious Indian Food.
Dungeness RSPB was a good reserve with great hides. I’m sure we’ll
come back to explore more!
Lynne + Amit Pagham/Bognor Regis
I wanted time away from a busy job and hectic home life and I found
the perfect retreat in the Boathouse + Rye.
Morning coffee in town, long walks in the afternoon - an absolute
perfect week and even a sprinkling of snow!
Donna Uden Berkshire
7-13 March ‘-04
Our 4th visit to Rye - Enjoyed it just as much if not more each
time!! Weather good as usual - will be back!!
Thanks once again to Mrs B. We come for a restful holiday & it never
Jacqui & Royce Derbyshire
GREAT FLAT IN A GREAT LOCATION. AND WE HAVE HAD A LOVELY FEW DAYS ,
WALKING, CYCLING IN THIS UNIQUE LANDSCAPE
STEPHEN + CATHERINE TEES (KIMPTON HERTS) 31ST
MAY - 4TH JUNE 04
TYPICAL NOVEMBER WEATHER BUT APARTMENT WARM AND WELCOMING.
ATE FAR TOO MUCH (FISH CAFÉ RESTAURANT AND THE PLACE CAMBER SANDS
RECOMMENDED- BUT BY NO MEANS CHEAP) AND WALKED IT OFF AT CAMBER +
THE NATURE RESERVE. YPRES INN ALSO GOOD PLACE TO EAT. RYE AS QUAINT
SALLY + STEVE, HILDENBOROUGH KENT 19-
22 Nov 2004
Well-appointed spotless, warm apartment. Everything one needs.
Housekeeper Mrs B... v. welcoming, and having learned we are newly
married, left flowers + a card for us. Greatly appreciated. Good
birdwatching at Rye Harbour. Hope to return!
John & Olive Mercer Sidcup, Kent
27-31 March 2000
Very warm reception, literally. We chose the hottest 2 weeks. Were
kept entertained by workers from Environment Agency for 4 days on
opposite bank. Watched birdlife including two herons behind house to
the right, white egret twice, daily cormorant but no kingfishers.
Have thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing holiday. We shall return.
Rita & Keith Ormston Sidcup. Kent
9-23rd August 2003
Three days to chill out here. Bright/watery sun shone on use and we
had good walks. Great bread from the Bakers. King sized bed is F.A.B!
Chris Forrest 14-
Flat warm & comfy & v. clean (Thanks Mrs B.)
A wonderful break. Rye must have more Tea Shops / Cafes than
anywhere else we’ve visited! Had a great time bird watching in Rye
Harbour & Dungeness.
Saw a Bittern from the Bittern view point.
BRIAN + SUE BAKER Felpham, W. SUSSEX 7-9
Friendly welcome from Mrs J.... This place is simply beautiful with
the views, flat perfect. Eat out in Winchelsea Pub the Ship a place
worth visiting for a meal & the Beefeater in Guestling A1 Hope to be
able to come back. Proprietors really nice people and make sure you
Rita & George from Wimbledon SW19 5.
Flat was really lovely - could not wish for more. Nice setting -
Weather was unpredictable but it was just the break we both needed,
really peaceful we will both be coming back again in the future.
Would recommend the Ship pub at Winchelsea Beach a visit
also “Yesterday’s World” at Battle
Sue & Steve S Hurst Green, Sy
Had an excellent time. Everything you need in accommodation.
A visit to the Mechanical Music Centre Rye is a must. The curator is
so informative, and 1½ hours is easily spent listening to him & his
Lily & Syd Stonehouse Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
6 June 98
Enjoyable apartment. Enjoyed our stay except the weather! Went all
round via British Railroad.
Ann & Dave Mesaros The Tacoma, Washington
A lovely week with perfect summer weather. Very comfortable &
Try ‘The Mill’ - a bit expensive but it is your holiday!!
The food & atmosphere are super, not too formal.
‘Peggotty’s’ in town for the best coffee around. Again, a trifle dear
but worth it and you only live once.
This is an excellent place to stay.
Clive & Judith Morgan Buckfast, Devon
1.8.98 - 8.8.98
Beautiful beach and best birdwatching at Rye Harbour & Winchelsea
“This Castle hath a pleasant seat”.
Dam + Trevor London 8 +
Lovely welcome with tea-tray ready - flat is great- a haven of
peace. Rye is super with old-fashioned service.
Best butchers shop we’ve seen for ages.
We’ll be back in the springtime.
George & Olga Wallman Herts
6/11/ - 13/11
Great apartment; great location, great weather; nuff said!
Dan & Gill Aston, Sheffield
31 July - 7 August 1999
Sunny & warm almost all the time.
Very comfortable flat.
Rye Harbour good for birdwatching & walk
Enjoyed Hastings & Battle MUST, Dover Castle well worth a visit.
Sissinghurst Castle & gardens lovely at this time of year. Rye is a
very interesting place well worth another visit, plenty of eating
places ranging in price from fish & chips to a 5 course meal
Enjoyed every moment of our holiday!
Ron & Eve Jones Blackburn Lancs.
3-7-99 to 17.7.99
ESCAPED AT LAST!
(RYE = INTERESTING)
(CAMBER = WINDY)
TRY THE “LEMON GRASS” FOR GOOD THAI FOOD 8/10
THE “MILL RESTAURANT” (NEAR TOURIST INFO) GOOD BUT STARTERS
THE GHANDI TANDOORI 7/10 (SAT NEXT TO SPIKE MILLIGAN)
Julie & Stewart Jarrett Sittingbourne, Kent.
Very comfortable and ideally situated apartment; found Rye a nice
town, with the Ypres by far the best pub for food & ale; take care
when taking a 3000 bus to Northiam; they might not run due to lack
of drivers! Rye Harbour a bit dull but Icklesham is a really
beautifully located village with the Queen’s Head a brilliant pub.
Marco Daane Pijnacker the Netherlands
16th - 23rd Sept 2000
Sunshine and Showers - but a really lovely week.
After a warm welcome from Patricia, a most comfortable stay in the
With visits to National Trust properties, and some good meals at the
Top O’Hill, and several good walks, the week has been very happy.
Joan & Malcolm Maidenhead 13-
We have had wonderful weather even though it is only Feb, perfect
for enjoying the flat at its best. Rye is a little quiet at this
time of year and it can be tricky to find something to eat locally.
Try the Queen’s Head at Icklesham, and Cranberries tea shop for
Avoid Fletchers tea shop - over priced.
Don’t bother with audio ghost tour of Rye.
Sally & Robert, Hayes, Kent
18/02/01 - 21/02/01
2nd visit. Very enjoyable week. Sissinghurst & Gt. Dixter lovely as
ever. Excellent Mexican food at The Wooden Horse Rolvenden Layne.
Chinese takeaway very good.
Janet & Ian Lafbery Wakefield Yorkshire
17th - 24th June
Have had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay, considering we’ve
had a very wet and windy weather (winds up to 90 mph, worse since
storms of 1987)
Had an exhilarating walk to the beach at Rye Harbour.
We recommend : St Mary’s Church Tower (you need to be slim to get up
stairs!) great views, Dungeness Lighthouse & R,H & D Railway. So
much we haven’t seen! We would like to come again, maybe in summer!
Mark & Janet East Frogmore Park, St Albans
Herts 28th Oct to 1st Nov 00
Our first visit to this part of England.
The flat and Rye lived up to our expectations. Recommend Ye Olde
Bell, The Mint for toasted sandwiches and Poppy’s for coffee.
If you want to see birds, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is excellent
despite absence of Little Terns this year and RSPB at Dungeness is
outstanding. If you haven’t been before, don’t miss the spectacular
Beachy Head. But Hastings is appalling unless you’re into down-
market antique shops.
P.S. Despite our address we’re both English!
Bob & Hazel Wicks Porthcawl, Mid. Glam
1st - 8th July 2000
Managed to dodge the worst of the weather and enjoyed some glorious
sunshine. Ate out at the ‘Monastery’ and ‘Landgate Bistro’ - both
doing special menus during the week. Spotted over 20 bird species
from the window including a barn owl hunting in the field opposite.
Look out for him between 4.30 to 5.30pm.
Andy & Lindy H. Enfield, Middx 21-2-
01 to 25-2-01
So comfortable & thoroughly equipped. Leaflets + map v. helpful.
Recommend Gasparutti’s café in Market Road for light or main meals.
In Udimore the King’s Head pub has good food and a welcoming
landlord who is an authority on local history.
Try Small Hythe Place (N.T., home of Ellen Temy) on B2080, south of
Tenterden. Very interesting, also brick-build 16th century chapel
V.g. birding again at Rye Harbour : Brent geese, sandwich terns,
wheatears, turnstong, corn buntings + green woodpecker.
On bank opposite flat, pair of oystercatchers feeding in the
Second visit of John & Olive Mercer Sidcup, Kent (last visit
March 2000) and we hope to come back
30 March - 6 April 2001
Excellent weeks holiday - only disappointment that is was not two
weeks or more!
Queens Head Icklesham lived up to its reputation, so did Peace and
Plenty at Playden - watch out for the Steak and Kidney Pudding - we
will be back.
Thank you all.
Rita & Keith Sidcup Kent 18th
Sept. 22 Sept
We’ve had a really good break despite dull weather. Thoroughly
enjoyed the walks around Rye especially to Rye Harbour + Camber
Castle where we saw a kingfisher + egret. The William the Conqueror
Pub at Rye Harbour even serves Bishops Finger Ale! We’ve had meals
at the Peace and Plenty P.H. A268 Playden 9/10 for food service
surroundings etc, The Lemon Grass Thai in Tower Street 8/10 + Mahdi
Spice Indian in Cinque Port Street 5/10. Best locations visited have
been Sissinghurst Gardens (also worth visiting nearby Cranbrook re
picturesque views of 2nd tallest windmill in England) Country Park
at Fairlight and Brookland Church which has an unusual bell tower,
an 1150 lead font with signs of the Zodiac and peoples occupations
thereon like harvesting and killing a pig. To cap that there is a
very old wall painting of the murder of Thomas Becket with a sword
through his head! Thanks to Mrs B. for the friendly welcome.
Margaret + Andrew WRIGHT Ipswich, Suffolk
10th - 17th July 2004
Very friendly welcome. Flat very cosy & well equipped.
Bird watching from the window interesting. Red shank & little egret.
Best food - Landgate Bistro. Smallhythe Place, Scotney Castle &
Great Dixter well worth a visit, also some of the Romney Marsh
Canterbury Cathedral magnificent, but the city on the whole
disappointing, Rye never disappointing!
Doreen & Oliver Armstrong Oxon
6th Oct - 13th
Great visit -
Enjoyed : -
· watching the tide, the bunnies and the lambs (not eating any
· days out on bikes
· reading g this Visitor Book!
Did not enjoy :-
· pictures on the wall (the one in the bedroom is nightmare
· the prospect of leaving, so we extended our stay from 3 days
to a week!!
John & Michael London E1
6th -13th April 2002
Had a wonderful 2 weeks, thanks. Weather perfect- Mrs B.
Inkermans Rye H. New Inn Winchelsea, Pasta in the Strand.
Weather perfect. 17 bird types from No. 9. (includes
sparrows/starlings) and a further 11 roundabout.
Isobel & Wilf Lusted London
Our first visit to the Boathouse. This is a wonderful apartment. We
thoroughly enjoyed our week in Rye. We recommend a ride on the
Romney Hythe and Dymchurch miniature railway - for fun! We enjoyed
climbing the church tower and also our visit to Lamb House
especially the garden
Barbara and Maurice Banbury Putney - London
26-2ND NOV 2002
Our 3rd visit to the Boathouse, but I suspect, not our last.
Once again a very relaxing break, with the added bonus of lots of
sunshine. The Queens Head at Icklesham is still excellent and we
also enjoyed meals at Simply Italian and the Peace & Plenty
(Playden). Sorry to be going home!
Richard & Christine Hedge End, Southampton
15 - 19 NOV 2002
Sorry not to have met Mrs B.
Hope you are feeling much better now Mrs B. Water is going to be our
biggest memory of Rye. Rivers’ dykes, marshland, flooding and rain,
rain, rain. Flat very warm & welcoming to dry out in.
John & Rose Bateman Wantage, Oxon
28-12-02 - 4-1-3
As usual a restful stay but we’ve had such glorious weather it
certainly doesn’t feel like February!
Good walking and bird watching at Dungeness and Rye harbour and off
to Winchelsea Beach on our way home. Thanks to Mrs B. for
the ‘welcome’ tea tray and for keeping the flats so well. We’ll be
back as usual.
Andy & Lindy H. Enfield, Middx
19-2-03 - 22-2-03
Visited on the wildest, wettest weekend of the year & still had a
great time, the walk to Winchelsea Beach via Camber Castle was
bracing. Great fun.
Lisa Marlow & Martin Jones Oxted Surrey
30th Jan to 2nd Feb 04
2nd stay, once again lovely stay
added bonus of sunshine all the time! So we could be outside
visiting the nature reserve, bit of bird watching
ring plovers, redshanks, skylarks and reed buntings amongst them.
Winchelsea beach is gorgeous.
Time ran out on us, it’s over all too soon!
Thanks Chris and Mrs B.
Chris & Bill Cranleigh Sy
15/3 - 18/3 03
Quiet and peaceful break, very comfortable.
Good walks around Rye and Nature Reserve beyond Rye Harbour worth a
visit saw a Merlin. Ypres pub excellent salt marsh lamb a local
delicacy! Plus good ale and decent wine list and only 5 mins walk
Bob & Liz Ashbourne Derbys
20/3 - 23/3
4 years since we last managed a few days here - flat still v. well
maintained super weather - had a nice meal at ‘M’ Indian Restaurant.
Will try to visit again next year - still lots of walks we have not
Clive & Pauline Ollis Westbay, Bridport Dorset
Flat immaculate as always. First time we’ve had dry (but cold)
weather. New Nature Reserve (so new the info office don’t know it) -
Pannel Farm Reserve. From Icklesham (W. of Winchelsea) go south to
Ashes Farm. Park by farm and take marked footpath E. Of farm, south
across Pannel Sewer. L. for 100yds to hide. 2 other hides apparently
not yet open to public. V.g bird watching - 52 species in one week.
Butcher in High Street excellent. Mermaid Inn - first visit -
expensive but excellent for lunch (can’t afford dinner at £35) -
worth it just once. Will return!
John & Olive Mercer (4th visit) Sidcup
2003-12-06 4 -11 April
Are we the only people from the West Mids to have discovered Rye?
The Boathouse has been a most convenient place to stay. Highly
recommended the Lemon Grass Thai restaurant and Simply Italian is
Don’t try The Place (Camber) unless you like waiting a very long
time for your food.
Look out for greedy duck who’ll try to join you for breakfast on the
balcony. 2 ½ mile walk to Camber Castle was great.
Paula & Jack Cotteril Kingswinford, West Mids
An idyllic week. Several interesting National Trust properties in
the vicinity and had good visits to Great Dixter Garden and
Dungeness Power Station & nearby RSPB Nature Reserve.
Rye audio trail from Tourist Info also good.
Jon & Ruth Robinson Goostrey ,Cheshire
Our first time in the Boathouse.
Very much enjoyed our few days (4).
So much to see and do around this area, would like to come back
If you ever go to Fairlight Country Park call in to the ‘Coastguards
Tea Room’. Excellent service and a good menu.
Stella and Fred Clarke Beckenham Kent
30th Sep 03 to 4th Oct 03
THE KENT + EAST SUSSEX STEAM RAILWAY WAS FANTASTIC, A REAL STEP BACK
IN TIME!! THE GHANDI INDIAN RESTAURANT IS LOVELY, AND ONE OF THE
ONLY PLACES OPEN LATE TO EAT AT!!
GREAT LIVE MUSIC ON SUNDAY EVENING AT THE OLD BELL PUB. WE LOVED ALL
THE ANTIQUE SHOPS, AND THOUGHT THAT THE PUB AT THE BACK OF “THE
MERMAID” IN MERMAID STREET HAS THE BIGGEST FIREPLACE THAT WE’D EVER
SEEN. GREAT FOR COLD NIGHTS!!
OH - AND YOU MUST TRY THE ‘CALZONE’ AT THE ITALIAN RESTAURANT, IT’S
AFTER ALL OUR EXPEDITIONS, IT WAS NICE TO GET BACK TO A NICE WARM
APARTMENT, COZ IT WAS PRETTY COLD & WINDY WHILE WE WERE IN RYE. HOPE
Paul & Debbie O’Doherty (HARROW, MIDDLESEX)
Boathouse faultless again. Loads of great pubs (Union, Standard &
Ypres) Great town. Back again next year. Cheers!
Sarah & Ian West Yoke Kent Nov
6 - 9
Lovely warm cosy flat with everything we needed.
Rye people very friendly. Landgate Bistro very good but book. For
lovers of ‘Grand Designs’ on TV the ‘boys’ from the White House on
the beach were dining there too! Great variety of birds on the Rye
Harbour Nature Reserve incl. 4 Sandwich Terns.
Thanks Mrs B. for the welcome tray.
Alan & Celine Winchester 13-2-
Enjoyed our stay, flat warm & cosy. Rye is a lovely town, pity we
have to go back to work.
Roy & Lyn Petersfield
Enjoyed a very restful and relaxing week - thanks!
Enjoyed - Beer at the Standard
Excellent food from the Weds. Farmers’ market at Strand Quay; good
birds watching at Dungeness; Fine Indian at the Mardi Spice - thanks
again for your welcome.
Mark and Julie Stubberfield Basildon, Essex
1st May - 8th May
2ND VISIT, PAR WITH 1ST, ACCOMMODATION FAULTLESS
THANKS TO MRS B AGAIN. ENJOYED A RESTFUL + BRACING REST. ‘STANDARD’,
GOOD PINT + LUNCH
DAVE + LYN CAMPBELL LONDON
3/4/04 - 10/4/04
Lovely weekend in lovely warm flat.
Weather beautiful. Busier Saturday nights than we expected due to
fireworks! Nice cheap beer at Pipemakers Arms and nice lunch at Ye
Simon & Gill Wallington, Sy
12th - 15th Nov
Great Valentine’s Weekend.
FOOD AT LANDGATE BISTRO SUPERB.
View from ST. MARYs Tower SPECTACULAR WITH AN IINTERESTING TRIP
THROUGH THE BELLTOWER TO GET THERE.
FLETCHERS HOUSE TEA ROOMS NEAR ST MARYs SERVE THE NICEST SCONES WITH
A CREAM TEA IN THE UK!
FEEDBACK ON ACCOMMODATION - LOVELY LOCATION
SUNNY BALCONY EVEN IN FEB.
ONLY FRUSTRATION COULDN’T IGNITE OVEN WITHOUT A MATCH! ALMOST GASSED
Mr CORGI WOULDN’T BE HAPPY!!
Thanks to Mrs B. for greeting us and suggesting the Landgate Bistro
Lou & Rog Surbiton, Surrey
13-15 Feb 04
Our 2nd visit and a lovely stay. Weather terrific and the flat is as
comfortable as it was six years ago. We had lovely meals in ‘Simply
Italian’ and ‘Walkers’. Rye is such a lovely place and this holiday
has been so relaxing. Thanks - we’ll be back!
Judith and Clive Morgan. Buckfast, Devon
10th April - 17th April 2004.
I endorse all the good things that have been said and hope to return
to this lovely apartment and thanks to Pat for her warm welcome.
Nancy Walthew Wilmslow Cheshire
31st July - 7th August. 04
Very happy and peaceful week.
Rye good - go early morning when it’s quiet. Cranberries is v. good
café (near Landgate) Travelling outside Rye, we loved Batemans,
Sissinghurst and Dungeness. Port Lympne Wildlife Park (very good but
take your own food).
Otherwise. Lovely stay, lots of places to visit and enjoy, thank you
Cherry & Brian Anderson,
28 Aug - 4 Sept 04
We’ve had a very pleasant week. There’s not a lot to add to the other
comments. The Ypres Castle is still recommended.
ROGER & SUE EASTBURY BERKS 2-9
Our 4th visit to the Boathouse. As relaxing as ever, although
weather mostly overcast. Sorry to be going home - have made a mental
note to stay for a week next time!
Richard & Christine Hedge End, Hants
19th - 23rd November
Comfortable flat conveniently situated.
Enjoyed watching the river rise also exploring Rye and seeing high
tide from the top of the church tower. Winchelsea beautiful, good
bread in shop opposite church & good butcher. Excellent take away
fish and chips in the Mint. Smallhythe place lovely and birds at
RSPB Dungeness v. interesting.
Great Dixter garden and marsh churches.
We really appreciated the wall map.
David and Margaret Young Exmoor
Despite dire forecast the weather was mostly bright, and had a
really restful break.
Flat wonderfully warm & everything we needed - even think we saw a
S Bradley & D Kirby Brighton
NOV 25 - Dec 1
Short break before facing the horrors of H.M.I & OFSTED!! The river
has a very soothing effect. Mrs B. ensured a spotless flat, as
usual. Many thanks. J
Martin & Jo Itter Horndon on the Hill, Essex
Enjoyed reasonable weather while the rest of the country was lashed
by storms. Extensive view of the “mudflats” was compensated for by
sightings if Little Egret, Dunlin, Redshank & Greenshank.
A nice cosy haven after a long day exploring the countryside - we
even managed to find the sea a couple of times!
Ann & David Fulljames Wolverhampton 14-
A very cosy and well equipped flat.
Lovely sunny, sunny crisp weather and the flat was always warm no
matter how frosty it was outside. Lovely walks & sunsets on Camber
Sands. Dungeness was fascinating. In Rye we enjoyed eating at the
Ypres Inn and thoroughly recommend the Cobbles Tearooms (just off
the Mint) for lunches & teas - best cheese scones ever! Thanks to
Mrs B. for warm welcome.
Katherine & Odette Brighton
23-30 Dec 2004
We found it really helpful .We came